Tewksbury paces Lyons' offense with four markers
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team fell to Tufts University, 15-7, in non-conference action on Thursday evening at Nordin Field.
Wheaton sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) paced the Lyons with four tallies. Senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), classmate Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) each recorded one strike.
Tufts senior Gabby Horner (Allentown, NJ/Peddie School) matched Tewksbury with a game-high four goals, while junior Lindsey Walker (Suffern, NY/Suffern) recorded a hat-trick. Senior Eliza Halmo (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and sophomore Brigid Bowser (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) recorded two goals, respectively.
Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass/Belmont) turned away 11-of-26 shots and dished out an assist late in the second half when she connected with Mills for her team's fifth goal of the contest. Tufts junior Rachel Gallimore (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) stopped 6-of-13 attempts.
The Jumbos won 17 draw controls compared to the Lyons, who won seven. Sabol won three draw controls for the Blue and White, while Tewksbury registered two victories. Tufts outshot Wheaton, 35-16.
Horner's first tally, which was recorded at 27:16 in the opening session, sparked a 3-0 run for the visitors. Tewksbury ended the run with her 11th goal of the season at the 22:47 mark on a free position strike. Tufts and Wheaton swapped goals before junior Kali DiGate (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill School) pushed her team ahead by three goals (5-2) with a free position tally at 6:35.
The Jumbos extended their lead to five goals in the opening minutes of the second half, thanks to Horner, who recorded back-to-back goals to begin the stanza at 26:01 (free position) and 24:23.
Tufts scored four of the next six goals, which provided the Jumbos with an 11-4 lead, but Wheaton trimmed its deficit to 11-7 with goals from Mills, Tewksbury and Bright with 10:14 remaining.
Bowser dashed the Lyons' comeback hopes with her first strike at 5:10 when she zigzagged her way into the Wheaton zone and fired a shot past Ananian at 5:10 initiating a 4-0 run that sealed the win for the Jumbos.
Wheaton converted 13-of-19 clears, while Tufts went 10-of-12 in its transition game. The Jumbos also netted seven goals on 11 free positions. The Lyons ended the night going 4-for-4 on free position attempts. Wheaton also won the ground balls matchup 23-21.
Wheaton (3-4) travels to Mount Holyoke for a conference clash on Saturday, March 22 at noon. Tufts (4-2) hosts No. 12 Trinity (Conn.) on Saturday, also at noon.